NASCAR & Auto Racing

Kyle Bush edges teammate Matt Kenseth for victory in Kansas

Kyle Busch, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.
Kyle Busch, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. Getty Images

Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth put on an entertaining show in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. In the end, Busch prevailed, winning the NASCAR Xfinity race in a green-white-checker finish by six-tenths of a second over Kenseth, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate.

Busch and Kenseth swapped the lead five times down the stretch, with Busch ending up winning his fifth Xfinity race of the season. Joey Logano, another Cup regular, finished third, followed by Ty Dillon, Regan Smith and Xfinity points-leader Chris Buescher.

Pole-winner Kenseth led the first 117 laps of the race. After Busch took the lead, on Lap 176, the two went back and forth, often bumping side panels along Kansas’s 1.5-mile oval.

“We drove it for it was worth there the last little bit,” Busch said. “We were fortunate to beat Matt; he was the class of the field. I’m sure he’s not pleased.”

Busch won despite having to have his right front bumper taped up after it was struck by a piece of debris. He also had to go to the rear of the field for a pit-road speeding infraction on Lap 82.

The race ended with a green-white-checker finish when the engine in Joey Gase’s Chevy gave out on Lap 196. Busch got a strong restart and held off Kenseth easily on the final lap.

Turning point

Busch was leading the race when a caution came out on Lap 146 after a wreck involving Jennifer Jo Cobb and Korbin Forrister. Busch ran over a piece of debris from the wreck during the caution, punching a hole in the right front of his Toyota. Busch’s pit crew patched over the hole – which could have drastically slowed the car – with tape. That repair allowed Busch to stay near or at the front of the field the rest of the way.

Three who mattered

Kyle Busch: Went back and forth with Kenseth for some highly entertaining racing. Finally takes lead for good on Lap 185 and increases his all-time Xfinity victory total to 75.

Matt Kenseth: One of those days when a driver (Kenseth) leads by far the most laps (148 of 204) but can’t close the deal.

Chris Buescher: Xfinity points leader has a solid day, finishes sixth and stays ahead of Chase Elliott by 27 points.

Observations

▪  The competititon between Busch and Kenseth was as entertaining to watch as anything we’ve seen all season – whether it’s Cup, Xfinity or the Truck series. It was bumping-and-banging racing at its best.

▪ Buescher expressed frustration Friday that Cup drivers were winning the majority of the races on the Xfinity circuit. It happened again Saturday, with three Cup guys – Busch, Kenseth and Logano – sweeping the top three spots.

▪  After 16 consecutive weeks of racing, the Xfinity guys take two weeks off, returning Nov. 7 at Texas Motor Speedway.

They said it

“As much as I love Kyle as a teammate, it’s even more aggravating to lose to him.” – Kenseth.

Next race

O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

When: 3:30 p.m., Nov. 7

Where: Texas Motor Speedway

TV: NBC Sports Network

Radio: Performance Racing Network

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